It is a day the Birmingham Barons, fans and city leaders have been waiting years for. The minor league club will play its first home game at its new stadium, the new Regions Field in downtown Birmingham.
Fans will have to get adjusted to parking at the new facility. There are four public parking lots within a five minute walk to stadium. One is near Railroad Park, there are two lots off 12th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, and another is by 18th Street near 5th Avenue. There is also street parking.
There are about 3,000 secured spots for the big game, but it is a sell-out. The Barons advise fans to get there early.
"Just like if you are exploring some place you've never been before. We recommend you come out a little bit earlier then you normally would to come out to a Barons game, just to figure out where you are going to park, explore the stadium, and entrances," said Nick Dobreff, director of public relations.
There are 8,500 seats, a larger food court area and more cash registers than the Hoover Met. In addition to traditional ballpark fare, visitors can eat Dreamland BBQ, Mexican and healthier options. There will also be a variety of beverages and locally brewed craft beers.
A ribbon cutting for the stadium is scheduled for this afternoon. Governor Robert Bentley was scheduled to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony, but he will be unable to attend since his mother-in-law passed away early this morning.
Tonight's game against the Mississippi Braves starts at 7:05 p.m.
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